We all know the common reasons why employees want to stay away after long lockouts with flexible schedules that don’t need to be changed and of course, increase productivity. But productivity isn’t the only reason people want to get away from the office.
We recently surveyed 1,000 remote workers to find out what keeps them connected to a remote work life. As the COVID-19 epidemic brings unknown changes to working life, the survey revealed that 82% per cent of respondents admitted that they would prefer to work from home instead of returning to the office.
The trend of telecommuting was initially forced on employees due to the epidemic, but after two years of telecommuting, it has become the new normal, and as the effects subside, new habits have emerged, according to the SCIKEY Tech Talent Outlook.
The survey revealed that 82 per cent of respondents admit that they prefer working from home to working in an office. The Talent Tech Outlook 2022 study is an analysis of input from 100 plus C-Suits and human capital executives across four continents.
SCIKEY conducted audits, social media contributions, interviews and panel discussions. The survey also found that 64 per cent of workers said they are more productive and feel less stressed when they work from home.
It noted that the new normal for HR has shifted from face-to-face communication to communicating with remote workers, whom they mostly haven’t met.
More than 80 per cent of HR managers agreed that hiring full-time office workers is becoming increasingly difficult. Working from home is no longer an option, but the new normal that every tech talent expects from their employer, and employers unwilling to adapt will face challenges in hiring good talent and retaining former employees.
The tech crowd has created a new love for remote work that gives them the freedom and productivity that requires employee trust, it said, adding that laid-off or underutilized workers are finding bumps and leaving faster than before the pandemic.
“It’s exciting to see how the rapidly evolving ‘Future of Work’ is moving beyond the traditional world of HR to become an ecosystem that now includes people beyond corporate payroll and office boundaries.
Welcome to the world of remote work, the gig economy and the workforce. A crowd still to be explored before it will explode,” said Karunjit Kumar Dhir, author and CEO of SCIKEY.
He added that technology is moving faster than ever to change the way companies interact with employees and promote deeper and more meaningful engagement for the benefit of all.
Meanwhile, the survey found that only 18 per cent of tech hiring managers would consider using brain scans as part of their hiring process in 2022, compared to 68 per cent in 2019.
As telecommuting is the new norm, more casual meeting spaces and alternative workplaces will also be added to the range of services, the report says.
More than 67 per cent of companies admit that the working conditions of a single office lease have become increasingly difficult. However, he added that dual telecommuting has given a sense of new inflexibility that benefits both employers and employees.
According to the survey, more than 70 per cent of HR and technical managers agreed that on-the-spot or immediate rewards for a job well done are more important to retaining a dispersed workforce that regularly requires that “little” motivation. More than 36 per cent of respondents have previously adopted agile pricing as a model to engage and retain their talented workforce, it added.